Pakistan Turnaround Impresses Kohli

Pakistan Turnaround Impresses Kohli

India captain Virat Kohli paid tribute to Pakistan’s “magnificent turnaround” after his Champions Trophy title-holders booked a place in the final against their arch-rivals. Kohli’s men overwhelmed Bangladesh by nine wickets at Edgbaston on Thursday, a day after Pakistan had seen off England by eight wickets in an almost as...

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IS Captures Tora Bora, Bin Laden’s Former Hideout

IS Captures Tora Bora, Bin Laden’s Former Hideout

Militant Islamic State group fighters have captured Tora Bora, a mountain cave complex in eastern Afghanistan that was once the hideout of Osama bin Laden, officials said on Thursday, despite pressure on the jihadists from US-led forces. The militants seized the territory from the Taliban this week, in a strategic...

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Russia’s Military Says May Have Killed IS Leader Baghdadi

Russia’s Military Says May Have Killed IS Leader Baghdadi

Russia’s Defense Ministry said on Friday it was checking information that a Russian air strike near the Syrian city of Raqqa may have killed Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of the militant Islamic State (IS) group, in late May, Russian news agencies reported. The air strike, targeted a meeting of IS...

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Beijing Calls For Increased Military Cooperation Between China And Pakistan

Beijing Calls For Increased Military Cooperation Between China And Pakistan

China’s top political adviser has called for increased military cooperation between Islamabad and Beijing, the Press Information Department said in a statement on Friday. Yu Zhengsheng, during a meeting with Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC) General Zubair Mahmood Hayat in Beijing, appreciated the role that Pakistan had played...

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PM Pointing Fingers At Army, Judiciary: Imran

PM Pointing Fingers At Army, Judiciary: Imran

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan said on Thursday that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has accused the army and the judiciary of conspiring against his government. “It is most shameful that the prime minister has tried to portray the ongoing investigation as a conspiracy against his government,” said Imran in a...

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Jadhav Case: ICJ Rejects India’s Request For Six-Months Time To Submit Response

Jadhav Case: ICJ Rejects India’s Request For Six-Months Time To Submit Response

Speaking to reporters in Islamabad, Ali said that the court’s registrar had informed Pakistan through its consulate in Netherlands of the development.

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Balochistan Budget 2017-18: Rs 52.1bn Deficit Balochistan Budget Announced

Balochistan Budget 2017-18: Rs 52.1bn Deficit Balochistan Budget Announced

The government also gave a Quetta Development Package for the construction of an Express Way, flyovers, road widening and repair.

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SC Defers Announcement Of Ruling On JIT Video Recordings

SC Defers Announcement Of Ruling On JIT Video Recordings

On Thursday Justice Khan, addressing Attorney General (AG) Ashtar Ausaf, observed that the court had been told that the JIT members were not available today.

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Sharif, Imran’s Net Worth Sees Decline

Sharif, Imran’s Net Worth Sees Decline

ISLAMABAD: The value of assets owned by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif continued to decline for a second consecutive year, dipping below the level they stood at in 2013. The prime minister owned assets worth Rs 261.6 million in 2012, but that saw a six-fold increase and reached Rs 1.82 billion...

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PTI Lawmaker Rips His Clothes In Protest Against Budget

PTI Lawmaker Rips His Clothes In Protest Against Budget

ISLAMABAD: A member of the opposition on Wednesday chose a unique way to register his protest against the federal budget — tearing his clothes at the entrance of the Parliament — a move meant to reflect the state of the common person in Pakistan. MNA Hamidul Haq of the Pakistan...

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‘Shahbaz Has Not Been Summoned By JIT’

‘Shahbaz Has Not Been Summoned By JIT’

LAHORE: The Punjab government has clarified that Shehbaz Shairf has not been ‘summoned’ rather he has been called to assist the JIT on June 17 for his acquaintance with details of Hudabiya Paper Mill case. Special Assistant to Chief Minister on Information and Culture Malik Muhammad Ahmad Khan denied media reports...

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‘There Will Be A Larger JIT Next Year,’ PM Warns Opponents After Appearance Before JIT

‘There Will Be A Larger JIT Next Year,’ PM Warns Opponents After Appearance Before JIT

The number of PML-N workers and lawyers supporting the PM kept swelling near the JIT secretariat.

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Lion On Karachi’s Streets Causes Social Media Furore, Owner And Pet Taken Into Custody

Lion On Karachi’s Streets Causes Social Media Furore, Owner And Pet Taken Into Custody

A video circulating on social media showing a lion being transported in Karachi’s Karimabad area in the back of a Hilux pickup prompted police to make an arrest, taking the lion and its owner into custody after concerns were raised about the safety of citizens in the metropolis. The video,...

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Saudi Firm’s Investment Raises Careem’s Value to $500m

Saudi Firm’s Investment Raises Careem’s Value to $500m

An investment of $150 million by a Saudi Arabia-based venture capital firm in Careem raised its value to $500m, a statement from the Dubai-based ride-hailing company said. The $150m investment was undertaken by carmaker Daimler and Saudi Arabia’s Kingdom Holding, a firm owned by billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal. Venture...

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Kohli Urges India To Remain On Guard Against ‘Dangerous’ Bangladesh

Kohli Urges India To Remain On Guard Against ‘Dangerous’ Bangladesh

Indian captain Virat Kohli warned his team on Wednesday not to underestimate Bangladesh, a team who have improved dramatically over the past few years to the point where they are now one game away from reaching a first final at an ICC event, in the Champions Trophy semi-final to be...

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Qatar Signs $12bn Deal To Buy F-15 Jets From US

Qatar Signs $12bn Deal To Buy F-15 Jets From US

Qatar’s Ministry of Defense said on Wednesday the country signed a deal to buy F-15 fighter jets from the United States for $12 billion. The deal was completed despite the Gulf country being criticised recently by US President Donald Trump for supporting terrorism. US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and representatives...

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Plucky Bangladesh Break Into Asia’s Mainstream

Plucky Bangladesh Break Into Asia’s Mainstream

When Bangladesh battle India in the Champions Trophy semi-final on Thursday it will be the consecration of a new Asian cricket rivalry. Few of the millions of Bangladeshis following at home expected Mashrafe Mortaza’s side to reach the last four — that they are playing India has made the achievement...

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Bajwa Terms US Drone Strike Counter Productive

Bajwa Terms US Drone Strike Counter Productive

PESHAWAR: Reacting to the US drone strike on a militant hideout in Orakzai Agency on Tuesday, Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa said here on Wednesday that “unilateral actions like drone strikes” were counterproductive. “Unilateral actions, like drone strike, etc., are counterproductive and against spirit of…ongoing cooperation and intelligence...

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Dar Casts Doubts On JIT Amid Opposition Dharna

Dar Casts Doubts On JIT Amid Opposition Dharna

ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on Wednesday termed the joint investigation team’s (JIT) accusations of record tampering against government institutions “a sign of frustration”. “The whole process is becoming suspicious; I don’t want to talk about it too much. I don’t know what frustration they wrote this in,” he told...

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Imran Petitions SC Against ‘Derogatory Campaign’ Allegedly Targeting Judges, JIT

Imran Petitions SC Against ‘Derogatory Campaign’ Allegedly Targeting Judges, JIT

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Wednesday petitioned the Supreme Court against what he alleged was a “contemptuous and derogatory campaign” carried out at the “behest” of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif targeting the apex court, judiciary, and a joint investigation team (JIT) probing the Sharif family. Khan, in his...

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Nawaz Gets Clean Chit From ECP

Nawaz Gets Clean Chit From ECP

In a much-needed boost ahead of his appearance before the Panamagate joint investigation team (JIT), the election watchdog on Tuesday gave the beleaguered prime minister a clean chit after ‘verifying’ the statements of assets and liabilities he had submitted before it. The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has, for the...

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JIT Summons Shahbaz To Appear On 17th

JIT Summons Shahbaz To Appear On 17th

The joint investigation team (JIT) probing the offshore holdings of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his children has summoned his younger brother, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, to appear before it on June 17 (Saturday). Mr Shahbaz will appear before the six-member JIT, headed by Federal Inves-tiga¬tion Agency’s Addi¬tional Director...

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Beijing To Investigate If Abducted Chinese Pair In Quetta Were Missionaries

Beijing To Investigate If Abducted Chinese Pair In Quetta Were Missionaries

China’s Foreign Ministry on Tuesday said it would work with Pakistani authroties to investigate reports the two Chinese nationals abducted by the militant Islamic State (IS) group in Quetta were missionaries. Ministry spokesman Lu Kang in a statement said China attached great importance to protecting the safety and legal rights...

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PTI Concealed Foreign Fund Information: ECP

PTI Concealed Foreign Fund Information: ECP

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has told the Supreme Court that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) concealed information about foreign funds received through prohibited sources in its annual statements. Ibrahim Satti, the counsel for the ECP, submitted the reply on Tuesday during hearing of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) lawmaker...

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CPEC Tunnel Project Protesting Non-Payment Of Compensation

CPEC Tunnel Project Protesting Non-Payment Of Compensation

Almost 100 locals in Battagram’s Gajborai area on Tuesday stormed the site of a CPEC.

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Shanghai Electric Withdraws Offer To Buy K-Electric Stake

Shanghai Electric Withdraws Offer To Buy K-Electric Stake

KARACHI: China’s Shanghai Electric Power Company has withdrawn an offer to buy 66.4 percent stakes of K-Electric Limited after the power utility’s key shareholder failed to secure a national security clearance certificate to complete the transaction, an official said on Tuesday. “We have received a copy of the withdrawal of...

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Pak-Afghan ‘Flag Meeting’ Discusses Border Villages’ Issue

Pak-Afghan ‘Flag Meeting’ Discusses Border Villages’ Issue

QUETTA: Pakistan and Afghan military officials have agreed to resolve the issue of border villages through negotiations which will be held after Eidul Fitr. This was decided during a flag meeting held in the Afghan border town Vesh Mandi of Spin Buldak district. The more than two to three hours...

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PM’s Visit Yields No Breakthrough In Resolution Of Saudi-Qatar Row

PM’s Visit Yields No Breakthrough In Resolution Of Saudi-Qatar Row

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s mediation visit to Saudi Arabia for finding a diplomatic solution to the Qatar crisis.

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PML-N Lawyer Casts Doubts About Sources Of $3.5m PTI Funds

PML-N Lawyer Casts Doubts About Sources Of $3.5m PTI Funds

ISLAMABAD: A senior counsel representing a PML-N petitioner on Monday stirred up a hornets’ nest when he claimed that the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) had received $3.5 million from February 2010 to date from 178 multinational corporations (MNC) and ghost donors. He further claimed that a number of such organisations were...

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Panama Papers JIT Levels Startling Allegations Against Govt, Seeks Strict Court Action

Panama Papers JIT Levels Startling Allegations Against Govt, Seeks Strict Court Action

The application further accuses the SECP of restricting its own officers from inquiring about the requests handed to them by the JIT.

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PM Launches Gulf ‘Mediation Effort’, Meets Salman

PM Launches Gulf ‘Mediation Effort’, Meets Salman

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday launched a ‘mediation effort’ to resolve the rift between Qatar and other Gulf states. PM Sharif, who arrived in Jeddah for a one-day trip, met King Salman bin Abdul Aziz. According to the Press Information Department, the PM was received by Makkah Governor Prince...

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In A First, China Seeks To Mediate Between Pakistan, Afghanistan

In A First, China Seeks To Mediate Between Pakistan, Afghanistan

China has expressed a desire to take on a role as mediator between Pakistan and Afghanistan, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s office said in statement on Monday, Tolo News reported. “China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi is scheduled to visit Kabul soon where he will meet Afghan officials to discuss ways to...

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Pakistan’s Trade Deficit Widens To Record $30bn

Pakistan’s Trade Deficit Widens To Record $30bn

The country’s trade deficit ballooned by 42 per cent year-on-year to an all-time high of $30 billion in the first 11 months of the current fiscal year on the back of falling exports and a sharp increase in the import bill. The country’s annual trade deficit was $20.435bn when the...

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PTI Intra-Party Poll: Imran Khan Elected Chairman With Huge Margin

PTI Intra-Party Poll: Imran Khan Elected Chairman With Huge Margin

Imran Khan was elected Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman by a massive margin of votes during the PTI’s intra-party Poll, according to results announced by the party’s spokesperson on Tuesday. PTI intra-party poll results: • PTI vice chairman: Shah Mahmood Qureshi • PTI secretary-general: Jahangir Tareen • Central Punjab president: Aleem...

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China Denies Rumours Of Rift, Says Xi Jinping, PM Nawaz Met ‘Several Times’ At SCO Summit

China Denies Rumours Of Rift, Says Xi Jinping, PM Nawaz Met ‘Several Times’ At SCO Summit

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif met ‘several times’ during the recently-held Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in Astana, Kazakhastan, China said Monday. Beijing’s statement comes days after reports said Xi had skipped a customary meeting with Sharif at the SCO summit after two Chinese teachers were...

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PIA Pilot Issued Notice Over Violation Of Rules

PIA Pilot Issued Notice Over Violation Of Rules

KARACHI: The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has issued a notice to the Pakistan International Airlines’ flight operations chief for operating an aircraft without taking the mandatory rest, compromising air safety, putting passengers’ lives in danger and violating safety laws, it is learnt. According to sources, the CAA’s acting Flight Standards...

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Arrest Warrants For Chinese Firm’s Directors

Arrest Warrants For Chinese Firm’s Directors

PESHAWAR: An accountability court here on Monday issued arrest warrants of three women Chinese directors of a mining company after their failure to appear in a case of alleged smuggling of antimony from mines in Chitral to China. The judge Naveed Ahmad Khan fixed July 11 for next hearing of...

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Opposition Boycotts Budget Process, Gives Leeway To govt

Opposition Boycotts Budget Process, Gives Leeway To govt

ISLAMABAD: In an unprecedented move, opposition parties on Monday announced that they had decided to completely dissociate themselves from the ongoing budget process, thus providing an open field to the government to get the federal budget passed without any hassle. The announcement was made by parliamentary leader of the Pakistan...

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Qatar Says No One Has The Right To Discuss Its Foreign Policy

Qatar Says No One Has The Right To Discuss Its Foreign Policy

PARIS: Qatar on Monday denounced the sanctions imposed against Doha by Saudi Arabia and its allies as “unfair” and “illegal”, as Britain announced talks to try to resolve the crisis. “Whatever relates to our foreign affairs … no one has the right to discuss,” Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman...

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Institutions Are Tampering With Records, Panamagate JIT Tells SC

Institutions Are Tampering With Records, Panamagate JIT Tells SC

The joint investigation team (JIT), set up to examine the business dealings of the Sharif family abroad, on Monday told the Supreme Court (SC) that not only have some governmental departments shown reluctance in handing over relevant records, but some records have also been tampered with, DawnNews reported. The SC...

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Institutions Are Tampering With Records, Panamagate JIT Tells SC

Institutions Are Tampering With Records, Panamagate JIT Tells SC

The joint investigation team (JIT), set up to examine the business dealings of the Sharif family abroad, on Monday told the Supreme Court (SC) that not only have some governmental departments shown reluctance in handing over relevant records, but some records have also been tampered with. The SC bench overseeing...

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Middle East Crisis: PM, COAS Off To Saudi For One-Day Visit

Middle East Crisis: PM, COAS Off To Saudi For One-Day Visit

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Qamar Bajwa on Monday left for Saudi Arabia on a day-long visit in the backdrop of a deepening diplomatic rift in the Middle East. The PM and COAS are accompanied by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Adviser to the PM...

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Panama JIT Summons PPP’s Rehman Malik

Panama JIT Summons PPP’s Rehman Malik

The joint investigation team (JIT) probing the Sharif family’s business dealings abroad has summoned PPP Senator Rehman Malik to appear for questioning, the senator’s spokesperson said Monday. The spokesperson said that in a summons addressed to the senator, the JIT had asked Malik to appear before it on June 13...

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PML-N Expels Nehal Hashmi

PML-N Expels Nehal Hashmi

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday issued orders for the expulsion of Senator Nehal Hashmi from the PML-N, the ruling party’s media cell told. A five-member disciplinary committee in its report recommended the prime minister take action against the senator who came under fire last month for making an incendiary...

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India To Release 11 Pakistani Prisoners In Goodwill Gesture

India To Release 11 Pakistani Prisoners In Goodwill Gesture

India is set to release 11 Pakistani prisoners in a goodwill gesture today,Times Of India reported. The move comes days after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif exchanged greetings with his Indian counterpart in Astana. According to TOI, Pakistan had sought the release of the said prisoners since they had completed sentences...

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Pakistan Rubbishes Reports Of Troops Deployment In Qatar

Pakistan Rubbishes Reports Of Troops Deployment In Qatar

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has denied reports that it is deploying troops in Qatar in the wake of oil-rich country’s current standoff with other Gulf countries including Saudi Arabia. A statement issued here by the foreign office on Sunday termed the reports appearing in some foreign media outlets about the deployment of Pakistani...

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Receivables Of Power Distribution Firms Balloon To Rs 537b

Receivables Of Power Distribution Firms Balloon To Rs 537b

According to the official, the distribution companies were also misleading about the load-shedding schedules. The Punjab government had raised the issue of load-shedding duration.

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PPP Mulls Bilawal, Zardari’s By-Poll Bid

PPP Mulls Bilawal, Zardari’s By-Poll Bid

LAHORE: PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto and his father Asif Ali Zardari’s ‘wish’ to become a part of this parliament will be discussed in the party’s central executive committee (CEC) on Tuesday. The party will also discuss the strategy to take on the ruling PML-N after Eid in the wake of...

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Qatar-Saudi Arabia Spat Over ‘Terrorism’ Has Too Many Plot Holes

Qatar-Saudi Arabia Spat Over ‘Terrorism’ Has Too Many Plot Holes

KARACHI: The Saudi-Qatari spat is getting uglier by the day; one stark manifestation of this emerged last week when, in a joint statement released by Saudi Arabia and its allies Egypt, the UAE and Bahrain, the countries announced they were placing 59 individuals and 12 organisations linked to Qatar on...

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In A First, PM Nawaz Sharif To Appear Before JIT On June 15

In A First, PM Nawaz Sharif To Appear Before JIT On June 15

Nawaz Sharif is set to become the first sitting prime minister to appear before any investigating agency, when he appears before the joint investigation team (JIT), constituted to probe money-laundering allegations against his family, on Thursday. The unprecedented development will make him the first incumbent to appear before such a...

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